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So here’s a thought:  Why hasn’t text messaging advanced with the times?  I mean, it’s not like it’s perfect.  SMS is closer resembled to sending an e-mail rather than a real-time chat.  And I hate sending pictures via MMS because compression destroys the quality.

Fortunately for T-Mobile customers, the Un-carrier thought of the same thing.  T-Mobile has announced a roll-out of Advanced Messaging.  It is built on a standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS) and brings texting up to speed with what we’ve come to expect from modern messaging services (Facebook, Skype, Hangouts, Snapchat).

Here’s what you get with Advanced Messaging:

  • Rich 1-on-1 and group messaging, including near real-time chat
  • See when others are typing, when your message is delivered, and even read
  • Share high-res photos and videos up to 10 MB, just as you would a regular text message
  • Advance Messaging is built to work across all devices, makers, operating systems, and wireless operators

T-Mobile makes it a point that you won’t need a third-party app to use this service, it works out of the box, like current text messaging.  Thus, you won’t need to make sure that your family/friends are on the same messaging service you are on.  It will just work, across any platform.

Bear in mind that this is a gradual roll-out and Advanced Messaging is expected to be a standard in the future.  The recently released Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is the first phone to carry the feature, with the promise of ‘nearly a dozen more’ in the year.  The Galaxy S5 and S6 will receive Advanced Messaging through a software update.

Are you excited about text messaging being modernized or does your current set up work just fine for you?

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